Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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January 3, 2014

Comic book heroes save the day

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It was three months and four days after the comic book store he had worked at for years shut down.

At that time, comic books had kind of waned in popularity. He was nervous he would fail.

Three years later, though, customers keep showing up. Television shows like “Big Bang Theory” have helped him out.

“You have ‘Big Bang Theory’ making geek culture less of a stigma,” he said.

Hilton has about 150 regular customers now.

There are city and county employees, jail workers, teachers and even a dean at Indiana University Kokomo.

Hilton said he’s still having trouble getting kids to shop at his store. Only about four regulars are under the age of 18.

But he keeps his store stocked with 200 titles at any given time, and many of those are geared toward younger audiences.

There are even comic books for young children.

He has “My Little Pony” comics and “The Emerald City of Oz.”

He’s waiting for parents to come in and buy a comic or two for their struggling reader. Some of those books have been there a while. He’s not going to take them off the shelf, though. Some little kid may need them like he did.

“The next generation of comic readers has to start somewhere,” he said.

-Lindsey Ziliak

[friday] editor/ comic novice

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